Welcome to the

LBANZ

Log Building Association

of New Zealand

"We love log buildings."

Our aims are to:

- foster the highest standards of log building

- monitor building code revisions affecting log buildings

- and offer information to log builders and the public.

This Association originated back in the 1980s. Our first log building tutor B. Allan Mackie came from Canada intending to teach one course. The interest was so great that he ended up teaching three.

Why do we love log houses?
Safe

The interlocked walls will not collapse in an earthquake. The logs are difficult to burn (despite being wood) as the log surface will first char, protecting the rest of the log.

Environment

The embodied carbon in a log is stored for the life of the house or longer as the logs can be re-purposed if the house is dismantled. New Zealand log houses are usually made with logs from exotic, plantation trees, often replaced upon harvest. The log's thermal mass aids with interior heating and cooling.

Health

Surrounding yourself in wood is peaceful and calming with fewer interior chemicals and coatings found in conventional homes.

Conferences

Our 2023 biennial conference in Palmerston North was a huge success! Our next conference location will be in Geraldine in the beautiful South Island in 2025 as we get together every 2 years. You are welcome to join us at that time when we share news, ideas and friendship. Contact for more information.


We invite you to become a member. Annual membership includes our newsletter "No Problem!", named after Allan Mackie's favorite response to any challenge. You can choose to have the newsletter emailed ($75 per year) or posted ($95 per year). See "Links" for an example. Members receive a discount on CD50 wood stabiliser plus have ready contact with log builders, owner-builders and folks who live in and love their log homes.

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We also offer annual log building courses - check them out!

Log Building Course

4 - 21 March 2024

Registration now closed


Our 14 day log building course is held in Geraldine NZ once a year. We limit the number of students to 8 so everyone gets the attention they need. Click on the 6 page for all the details.

The course is held in an active log building yard so you have access to all the tools and equipment you might ever need when building your own log house. As well as the tutor, there are professional log builders on site who can help with questions or demonstrate a procedure.

Total cost $3125.00

A deposit of $625.00 is required to secure your place, the balance of $2500.00 is due about a month before the course starts.

Email for answers to any questions or to register your interest.

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CONTACTS


Please get in touch!


If you would like to speak with someone in your area, get in touch with a Committee member. They can answer any questions or arrange a log home visit.

North Island
  • Brook Strawbridge, President, Ashhurst 027 417 7789

  • Toni Strawbridge, Secretary, Ashhurst 022 033 7008

  • Peter Hadley, Whakatane 07 312 9069

  • Karen McCosh, Featherston 06 308 8453

  • Adam Brownless, Whakatane 07 304 8833

  • South Island
  • Graeme Mould, Vice President, Geraldine 027 221 3812

  • Marian Ganzeveld, Editor, Nelson (email only)

  • Andrew Packer, Nelson 03 744 3128

  • Doug Sanders, Geraldine 03 693 9078

  • Jane Dixon, Onekaka 03 525 9241